A snag in funding for the bond issue approved by voters on Nov. 3 was revealed by Verona Superintendent of Schools William Sweet at the November board of education meeting.
Sweet said the state isn't opening the Quality School Construction Bond (QT) application process until April of next year, which is after the Verona district had hoped to begin the project to tear down the old high school and construct and equip new looker rooms and physical conditioning facilities.
The superintendent said the state is experiencing problems finding banks to purchase the $500,000 no-tax increase bonds at zero percent, and it appears the district will have to offer the bonds at 1.8 percent instead. He added that normal bonds are going for 4 percent. He said the school will proceed with the construction process and may have to settle for regular bonds instead of the QT funding option.
Richard Werner, the school's architect, said the project should go out for bids around Feb. 1, 2010, with bid opening near the end of that month. March is set for actual work to begin.
In other matters, the board voted to accept the bond election results, which showed the issue being passed by a vote of 119 in favor to 55 against.
The board voted to approve the contractual agreement with OPAA, a contracted food service company located in Chesterfield, for food services.
In personnel matters, LaDonna Burnley was employed as a preschool aide, Louis Carrasquillo as assistant boys basketball coach and Rebecca Bauer as assistant girls basketball coach.
Candidate filing dates for positions on the school board were set. They are Dec. 15 through 18 and Jan. 4 through 19, 2010, on normal school days. The three-year terms of Dave Doner and Dale Whitlock expire next April.
The counseling program evaluation was accepted as presented.
Work is progressing on the Strawn property, which was sold to the school district last summer to be used as a parking lot. Utilities have been shut off on the property, and an asbestos inspection will be conducted soon.
The next meeting of the Verona School Board will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 15.